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Games Workshop Pre-Order Preview: Warhammer 40,000: Leviathan arrives!

As expected, the 10th edition of Warhammer 40,000 goes on pre-sale this upcoming weekend. Warhammer 40,000: Leviathan will be available over two weeks and the box set will be available while supplies last. Games Workshop has promised they’ve made a “mind-boggling quantity.” Also being implemented for the launch is a queuing system and limited quantity available per customer.

The box contains 72 miniatures, Space Marines versus Tyranids.

The Space Marine forces consist of a Captain in Terminator Armour, a Librarian in Terminator Armour, a Primaris Lieutenant in Phobos Armour, an Apothecary Biologis, 5 Terminators, 5 Sternguard, a Ballistus Dreadnought, and 10 pyreblaster-toting Infernus Marines.

The Tyranids feature a Winged Tyranid Prime, Neurotyrant and its 2 Neuroloid lackeys, 3 Von Ryan’s Leapers, a Psychophage, a swarm of 20 Termagants two Ripper Swarms, 11 Neurogaunts, 5 Barbgaunts, and a Screamer-Killer.

Also included in the box is the core book which will be released after. That book contains the first narrative Crusade Expansion, background, miniature gallery, and more. There’s also a 66-card Chapter Approved Mission Card Deck, and Space Marines transfer sheet.

There are also pre-order bonuses.

  • Games Workshop store – double-sided gaming board with a 30″ x 44″ playable area
  • Warhammer store – a set of 36 acrylic tokens including six 40mm round ojective markers, 10 battleshock tokens, and 20 wound tokens in a tin sporting the Leviathan logo
  • Independent store – 28 double-sided deployment zone markers
  • Independent store – neoprene dice tray featuring a Terminator helmet lens reflecting a Tyranid

Talk to your local store about which they will receive.

From Black Library comes Leviathan by Darius Hinks. The people of the fortress world Regium are plagued by nightmares of ravenous creatures that Lieutenant Castamon of the Ultramarines 1st Company recognizes as the signs of an impending Tyranid invasion, though even he has no idea of the scale of the oncoming catastrophe. The tie-in novel for the new edition comes in multiple forms, like a limited edition, hardback, eBook, and audiobook.

  • Leviathan
  • Leviathan
  • Leviathan

Echoes of Eternity by Aaron Dembski-Bowden is coming out in paperback. Disaster has come to Terra – the walls have fallen and the defenders’ unity is broken. The Inner Palace lies in ruins. The Warmaster’s horde advances towards victory in the seventh book in the Siege of Terra series.

Echoes of Eternity

More Planeswalkers Team-Ups Happening at BOOM! this Summer

The prolific and award-winning author, and Magic: The Gathering superfan, Cullen Bunn brings his love for Magic to the page alongside a story by acclaimed writer Rich Douek, with artists French Carlomagno and Carlos Pedro in the 40-page one-shot Magic Planeswalkers: Notorious #1 from BOOM! Studios, hitting shelves August 23, 2023!

Two of the most popular Planeswalkers in Magic: The Gathering history–fan favorite vampire Sorin Markov and the incomparable necromancer Liliana Vess, come together for a team-up that’s not to be missed! On a mysterious, unnamed plane, the two must work together to prevent a diabolical figure from unleashing hell across the multiverse.

Meanwhile, two of the most mysterious of the Planeswalkers, Oko and Calix, cross paths elsewhere on another plane…

Magic Planeswalkers: Notorious #1 features a main cover by Jahnoy Lindsay, and variant covers by Frany and Justine Florentino.

Preview: Pathfinder: Wake the Dead #1

Pathfinder: Wake the Dead #1

writer: Fred Van Lente
artist: Eman Casallos
cardstock covers: Steve Ellis (A), Biagio d’Alessandro (B), Eman Casallos (C)
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy | $4.99 | Teen+

New creative team! New party of Iconics! New lands of Golarion to explore! The tantalizing prospect of a rendezvous with a Geb defector in possession of priceless secrets from that undead nation brings a diverse group of adventurers to the Nexian metropolis of Ecanus. When they find themselves cornered by the city’s remorseless Deathsealers, can the Iconics band together for survival — and escape a city full of hostile wizards alive?

Featuring playable character stats for Seelah, the iconic paladin, and new character options for inhabitants of the magical military city of Ecanus; officially sanctioned by the Pathfinder Society!

Written by Fred Van Lente, with incredible art by Eman Casallos and covers by Eman Casallos, Steve Ellis and Biagio d’Alessandro (whose artwork will connect across all the issues of the series)!

Pathfinder: Wake the Dead #1

Games Workshop Pre-Order Previews – Death Guard and the Japanese Malignant Plaguecaster, Warhammer Underworlds, and more

It’s a pretty light week for Games Workshop‘s pre-orders next week with some new releases and as well as a much-in-demand reprint.

Highlighting the week are the Space Marine Heroes 2023 – Death Guard. Games Workshop’s “blind box” range continues with the Death Guard featuring seven figures that were previously available as blind boxes but… the much-wanted Malignant Plaguecaster that was only available in Japan is now a part of the box! If you get an entire case of eight boxes you’re guaranteed to get all seven figures or roll the dice and pick them up individually. Each miniature comes with a detailed base and doesn’t require any glue to assemble.

  • Space Marine Heroes 2023 – Death Guard
  • Space Marine Heroes 2023 – Death Guard
  • Space Marine Heroes 2023 – Death Guard

The Warhammer Underworlds: Starter Set allows you to jump into the game with everything you need to play. You get two complete warbands, two decks for the quick-fire Rivals format, and all of the boards, dice, and tokens required.

The new starter set features the Farstriders, veteran Stormcast Eternals armed with powerful boltstorm pistols, and the Sepulchral Guard, undead tomb wardens who overwhelm their foes with sheer numbers. The box includes step-by-step instructions to help guide players through their first games, and it steadily introduces new rules and game mechanics until pure novices become seasoned veterans.

Warhammer Underworlds: Starter Set

The Headsmen’s Curse is an aggressive, powerful warband focused on supporting the Wielder of the Blade, a powerful sword. The rest of the Nighthaunt warband supports their master with multiple control mechanics and special skills.

Headsmen’s Curse

The Voidcursed Thralls Rivals Deck unlocks new strategies. It features 32 cards that any Warhammer Underworlds warband can use. It features powerful Gambit cards that are especially potent in the hands of aggressive warbands.

Voidcursed Thralls Rivals Deck

From Black Library comes a limited edition copy of Yndrasta: The Celestial Spear. Follow Sigmar’s chosen huntress as she tracks a deadly monster from the deep. Yndrasta: The Celestial Spear is written by Noah Van Nguyen. The limited edition copy is wrapped in a gorgeous soft-touch cover featuring the sculpted visage of Yndrasta herself, foil effects on the spine and back cover, gilt page edges, and a gold ribbon page marker. Each book is individually numbered and signed by the author, and limited to just 1,250 copies.

Yndrasta: The Celestial Spear

Ciaphas Cain: Choose Your Enemies by Sandy Mitchell comes to audiobook. Commissar Cain and the Valhallan 597th track the scourge of Chaos corruption across worlds in the wake of a cult uprising.

Ciaphas Cain: Choose Your Enemies

Fall of Damnos by Nick Myme has Captain Cato Sicarius and Chief Librarian Varro Tigurius arrive from the heavens with their Ultramarines – but even their consummate skills will be sorely tested by the risen xenos menace. And that’s before Tigurius receives a vision telling of the death of a hero…

Fall of Damnos

Renegades: Harrowmaster by Mike Brooks gets a German Edition. It’s one of the deepest dives into the duplicitous Alpha Legion we’ve seen to date. Solomon Akurra and his warband are hard-pressed by the arrival of the fearsome Primaris Space Marines, and if he wants to claim the title of Harrowmaster and unite his disparate brothers, he’ll have to adapt to the new normal of the Indomitus Crusades.

Renegades: Harrowmaster

Coming from Bandai is Warhammer 40,000 Chibi Figures Series 2. This series features an Inquisitor, a Commissar, a Tempestus Scion, a Blood Angels Space Marine, and a certain head-swinging Crimson Fist you may remember from the classic Rogue Trader rulebook. Each bag contains one random figure and you can pick up a whole pack of 20 to make sure you get the whole set.

Warhammer 40,000 Chibi Figures Series 2

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames Debuts Type-Shifted Tera Pokémon ex

The Pokémon Company International has unveiled the next expansion in the bestselling Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames, which will launch at participating retailers worldwide beginning Aug. 11, 2023.

The upcoming Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames expansion will introduce type-shifted Tera Pokémon ex to the Pokémon TCG, where certain Tera Pokémon ex cards will feature a different Energy type. For example, Trainers will see Charizard ex as a Darkness type versus its usual Fire type, as well as Tyranitar ex as a Lightning type versus its usual Fighting type or Darkness type. When attacking, type-shifted Tera Pokémon ex will use the same Energy as their usual type; however, they will have a different Weakness that corresponds with their shifted type. These cards will also follow the same rules as normal Pokémon ex — when Knocked Out, the type-shifted Tera Pokémon ex gives up two Prize cards instead of one.

Noteworthy cards from the expansion include:

  • 15 Pokémon ex and six Tera Pokémon ex
  • 12 illustration rare Pokémon
  • Six special illustration rare Pokémon and Supporter cards
  • 12 ultra rare full-art etched Pokémon ex and Supporter cards
  • Three hyper rare gold etched cards

Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames will be available in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes and special collections at Pokémon Center online and participating retailers worldwide. Equipped with two additional booster packs and one additional illustration rare style promo card featuring the Pokémon Center logo, the Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box is available for preorder now for Trainers in the US, Canada, and UK.

In addition, ahead of the release of the tabletop version, Trainers will be able to play with Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames digitally via the Pokémon TCG Live app for iOS, Android, macOS and Windows devices on Aug. 10, 2023. When logging in, the Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames Battle Pass will reward players with a new deck, featuring Darkness-type Charizard ex. Players can also unlock an additional premium deck featuring Toedscruel ex by redeeming Crystals, earned by completing daily quests.

Warcradle reveals its June releases for Dystopian Wars and Warcradle Scenics

Get ready for a wave of releases for Wacradle StudiosDystopian Wars with new battlefleets prepared to battle and new objectives to be fought over. You also can make your tabletop look even better with a new Warcradle Scenics release.

Thule Battlefleet Set

This box contains:

1x Thule Sky-Fortress, 1x Adamski Strike Saucer (may also be built as Haunebu or Valtar Class), 6x Euclid Scout Saucer (may also be built as Pytheus Class), 6x SRS Tokens

  • Thule Battlefleet Set
  • Thule Battlefleet Set

Minerva Battlefleet Set

The Minerva Battlefleet Set prepares to bombard any opposing force with a volley of Strike Fighters in the name of the Alliance

This box contains:

1x Minerva Assault Carrier, 3x Scorpio Artillery Cruisers (may also be built as Vulcan or Jupiter Class), 3x Gladius Strike Cruisers (may also be built as Spatha, Auxillia or Pilum Class), 6x Cestus Zebeks ,6x Pugio Destroyers, 3x Sagitta hunter Submarines, 3x SRS Tokens

  • Minerva Battlefleet Set
  • Minerva Battlefleet Set

Commonwealth Advanced Squadrons

Prepare to add Skydrills and Hovercraft to your Commonwealth fleets with the Commonwealth Advanced Squadrons, offering major offensive capabilities.

This box contains:

2x Irkutsk Skydrills (may also be built as Saransk or Tunguska Class), 2x Giyena Shockwave Hovercraft (may also be built as Zubr Class), 4x Escort Tokens

  • Commonwealth Advanced Squadrons
  • Commonwealth Advanced Squadrons

Sturginium Platforms & Objectives Set

The Sturginium Platforms & Objectives Set will be a great pickup for any Dystopian Wars player, offering components from Cyclone of Shadows and the Beyond sets for the first time outside of a bigger box.

This box contains:

2x Large set of Platforms (with multiple build options), 2x Small set of Platforms (with multiple build options), 2x Wreck Markers, 2x Mine Markers

  • Sturginium Platforms & Objectives Set
  • Sturginium Platforms & Objectives Set

Myskham Town Set

A dense fog clears in an instant and in the distance a mysterious town can be seen, offering refuge to passersby – but there’s more to Myskham than meets the eye. Introducing a brand new terrain set from Warcradle Scenics, perfect for your eldritch investigations and wargames like Mythos.

This box contains:

1x Myskham Automobile, 1x Myskham Firestation, 1x Myskham Subway Station, 1x Myskham Town House, 1x Myskham The Elder Sign, 1x Myskham Urban Scatter

Myskham Town Set

Warhammer 40,000: Tacticus Unleashes the Sorcerous Wrath of the Thousand Sons

Warhammer 40,000: Tacticus launches its thirteenth playable faction this June as the Thousand Sons join the battlefield. As part of the Skulls showcase, Tacticus continues to build a full galaxy of iconic champions in its first year. One of the most requested by community factions, the Thousand Sons, are facing off against the vengeful Aeldari in a new high-stakes campaign, fighting for the control of an ancient craftworld. Led by the daemon primarch Magnus, the XVth Legion wields rippling warp energy onto the battlefield in a mighty contest of sorcery.

Tacticus is a highly accessible and growing mobile Warhammer title challenging fans across the globe. Players continue to enjoy new campaigns and game features as well as intense PvP. 

You can quickly start conquering the war-torn battlefields from the get-go, whenever and wherever. Find and build a guild with friends around the world as you conquer the stars and drive back the forces of chaos. Or join the daemonic powers and bring destruction to your enemies. 

Preview: Dungeons & Dragons: Saturday Morning Adventures #3

Dungeons & Dragons: Saturday Morning Adventures #3

(W) David M. Booher (A/CA) George Kambadais
In Shops: May 24, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Stuck in a magically booby-trapped dungeon, Eric and Diana desperately search for a way back to their friends before they become lunch for a Gelatinous Cube. Meanwhile, as Phaelona begins to better understand and control her magical abilities, Hank, Bobby, Sheila, and Presto fall helplessly under her spell. Only Uni seems to be immune. Friends become foes, and now it’s up to Eric, Diana, and Uni to break the spell and save their friends before Phaelona unleashes her full power!

Dungeons & Dragons: Saturday Morning Adventures #3

Games Workshop Pre-Order Preview: Seraphon and Horus Heresy highlight the week

It’s a big week for Seraphon players and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar as next weekend’s Games Workshop pre-order is filled with a new battletome and new miniatures.

The Battletome: Seraphon is now available after its initial release in the Seraphon Army Set. The book has everything you need to play including new and updated rules, warscrolls, pitched battle profiles for every unit and sub-faction, and fresh Path to Glory rules. You can also get a limited edition copy that features gilt page edges, gold foil blocking, a red ribbon page marker, and a soft-touch cover. It’s limited to just 400 numbered copies.

Battletome: Seraphon

The Seraphon operate under the Slann Starmaster. Created by the Old Ones, the ensure the cosmic equation known as the Astromatrix is not unbalanced and that the Great Plan comes to pass. They bring cosmic energy and spellcasting to the Seraphon host.

Slann Starmaster

Skink Starseers are the most powerful Skink wizards, second only to their Slann superiors. They predict the future and bestow blessings upon their allies.

Skink Starseer

The Saurus Scar-Veteran on Aggradon head into combat on the back of alpha predators. They attack with a ferocious roar.

 Saurus Scar-Veteran on Aggradon

The Saurus Astrolith Bearer act as conduits for heavenly energies to help empower the Serapon armies.

Saurus Astrolith Bearer

Aggradon Lancers are vicious and become frenzied when they taste blood helping to carve through enemy lines.

Aggradon Lancers

Kroxigors bring brute strength and this kit also helps build Kroxigor Warspawned, a more savage variant.


Raptadon Hunters are Raptadons ridden into battle by Skinks. You can also make Raptadon Chargers.

  • Raptadon Hunters
  • Raptadon Hunters

Saurus Warriors are the mainstay of Seraphon armies.

Saurus Warriors

Spawn of Chotec are living artillery belching flaming gobs of corrosive saliva at the enemy.

Spawn of Chotec

For Warhammer: The Horus Heresy comes to Librarian Consul. They tap into the warp to wield psychic powers against their enemies. The resin miniature is equipped with a force axe and comes with a choice of helmed and unhelmed head.

 Librarian Consul

The Imperial Fists used the Decurion Saggitar as tank commanders in their vehicle combat. They help tank crews split fire to destroy multiple critical targets in a single engagement. The resin upgrade kit is designed to be fitted on a plastic Deimos Pattern Predator, Sicaran, or Kratos.

Decurion Saggitar

With Siege of Cthonia here, get Imperial Fists and Sons of Horus Shoulder Pads and Torsos to upgrade your figures. These will be available to order on Friday, and will go off sale at 8am UK time on Monday the 5th of June. There are six sets available, all cast in resin: Imperial Fists MKIV Shoulder Pads and MKVI Shoulder Pads, and Sons of Horus MKIII Shoulder Pads, MKIV Shoulder Pads, Cataphractii Shoulder Pads, and MKIV Torsos.

  • Imperial Fists and Sons of Horus Shoulder Pads and Torsos
  • Imperial Fists and Sons of Horus Shoulder Pads and Torsos

New heroes, villains, and more for Batman Miniature Game in May

Gotham City will receive several visitors this month, among them the most notorious outlaw of the Bat-family and the “daughter” of the supervillain who broke the Bat.


In the DC Universe, few characters are as divisive as Red Hood. He’s not a traditional hero, nor is he a villain. Instead, he occupies a gray area, using his skills and his willingness to break the rules to fight crime in his own way. And, whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying that he’s one of the most interesting characters in the DC universe.



Vengeance, like father, like daughter, arrives at Batman Miniature Game full of desire to take revenge (never better said) loaded with muscle and accompanied by a few friends who love protein shakes.



Bird is Bane’s right-hand man. He has a great affinity with birds and is willing to help Bane and his fellow wrestlers to the end.



Ten-Eyed Man is Phillip Reardon, a war veteran who was discharged after a grenade fragment hit him between the eyes. When this misfortune occurred, he returned to civilian life as a security guard, but another incident hit him again.



Bane and his mercenaries will control Gotham City and bring you victory thanks to these themed markers.



Preach the word of your cult leader around Gotham City with these themed markers and gain more followers to conquer the city.

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